Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages
Rock's Backpages

Michael Jackson: Normal Rules Do Not Apply

Lloyd Bradley, Q, September 1992

Weird as ever but somehow less intriguing than before, the planet Michael Jackson still spins in its own orbit. His tour arrives in Britain this month, bringing with it a few unanswered questions. Like, why does his taste for unreality take over every corporate utterance made on his behalf? Any why does a proven talent like his need such gargantuan helpings of hype and hi-tech? What inspires this neurotic Quest To Overwhelm? And, in the end, does it do him any good? Report by Lloyd Bradley.

Total word count of piece: 1973